Computers given out to help young people learn

Computer keyboard. Pic: lapideo

Computer keyboard. Pic: lapideo

Families across Burntwood and Lichfield have been given laptops as part of a a scheme to improve learning skills.

More than 1,000families in Staffordshire have been granted a Home Access Package by Staffordshire County Council.

Three groups of young people were initially identified as being in need of assistance, including those in short-stay schools, looked after children, and children from the travelling community. But now the programme has been extended to help low income families.

Staffordshire County Council has been encouraging parents to apply for the package, and has also given out nearly 300 laptop computers to children and young people across the county.

A total of £245,000 has been spent so far on acquiring and distributing laptops, which will allow young people in these groups access to resources that will help them with their learning.

Deputy Leader and Lead Cabinet Member for Children and Young People Ian Parry said:

“This scheme is designed to help those who would not normally have access to such technology at home, and we’re trying to encourage as many eligible parents as possible to apply.

“By giving out the laptops, we are giving children and young people from all kinds of backgrounds the chance to have the same opportunities for learning as their peers – how well they do is now up to their own hard work and dedication.”

Over 1000 families in Staffordshire have been granted a Home Access Package, meaning they can now access resources to improve their learning.

Following a successful bid by the county council to the government’s home access agenda, three specific groups of young people were initially identified as being in need of assistance.  These groups consist of young people in short-stay schools, looked after children, and children from the travelling community.  Now, the programme has been extended to help low income families.

Staffordshire County Council has been encouraging parents to apply for the package, and has also given out nearly 300 laptop computers to children and young people across the county as part of this initiative.  A total of £245,000 has been spent so far on acquiring and distributing laptops, which will allow young people in these groups access to resources that will help them with their learning.

The overall aim of the project is ensure these particular children and young people have the same opportunities as others to learn and achieve.  Currently, over 1000 families have received a grant for a Home Access package, making Staffordshire second only to Birmingham within the West Midlands region for approved applications.

Deputy Leader and Lead Cabinet Member for Children and Young People Ian Parry said:  “This scheme is designed to help those who would not normally have access to such technology at home, and we’re trying to encourage as many eligible parents as possible to apply.”

“By giving out the laptops, we are giving children and young people from all kinds of backgrounds the chance to have the same opportunities for learning as their peers—how well they do is now up to their own hard work and dedication.”

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2 Comments

  1. Tax Payer

    30th May, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Why do they cost so much?

    £245K divided by 300 equals > £800.
    You can buy small comp for under £400!

    And when the “travellers” er travel – do we get them back?

    Can some one explain a bit more detail?

    Do we say to the travellers – you can not park on the football pitch/school play ground heres a free comp!

  2. Tax Payer

    1st June, 2010 at 12:09 am

    I can see why i got 3 minus. I stated you can get a small comp for under £400 when i should have put under £200! Thats a total of £60K not £245K – buts it’s only money!